The FIVB Women’s Volleyball Nations League (VNL) Macao 2019 ended Thursday at the Macao Forum with a China victory over Korea.
China won all the 3 games played in the Macau Pool against Belgium, Korea and Thailand.
Belgium defeated Thailand 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-23) in the first match of the day.
Kaja Grobelna was the top performer for Belgium with 15 kills, 1 block and 3 aces.
Pleumjit Thinkaow led Thailand with 12 kills and 2 blocks.
China then defeated Korea 3-0 (25-21, 25-12, 25-11) to make it three wins out of three for the hosts.
China beats Korea, Belgium and Thailand in the Macau Pool 7.
Zhu Ting made her first start in Macau and she made her presence felt with a number of spectacular kills early on.
China had a slim 16-14 lead at the second technical time out but an ace from Zhang Changning and two kills from Zhu Ting helped them increase their lead to 20-16.
The teams traded points until China closed out the set 25-21.
Set two saw the Chinese dominate their opponents at the net.
Two consecutive blocks by Yang Hanyu and Zhang Changning helped China jump out to an early 9-2 lead.
The Koreans brought in a new setter but this failed to make a difference as the Chinese pulled further ahead 18-6. China comfortably took set two 25-12.
Set three saw Yao Di come in as setter for China and she helped her team grab a quick 9-2 lead.
The Korean side could do little to slow down their opponents as the Chinese side powered ahead 19-7.
Yuan Xinyue came to the service line for the last two points as China captured the third set 25-11.
Zhang Changning was the top performer for China with 11 kills, 3 blocks and 3 aces. Kim Heejin led Korea with 9 kills.
China’s Zhu Ting was voted the most favorite player while her team collected the Team Award.
The VNL replaced the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix in 2018.
The VNL preliminaries and finals are being held in 20 cities around the world every year.
The final of the 2019 VNL will be held in Nanjing, China, on July 7th.(Macaunews)